2nd Annual Kite and Balloon Fest set in Palmyra

Join the Village of Palmyra and celebrate the 2nd Annual Kite and Balloon Festival. The focus is family fun with FREE flying demonstrations (there are kites for sale, but feel free to bring your own as well!), Ultra light Aircraft, Tethered Hot Air Balloon rides, enjoy watching Remote Controlled Air Planes, and Hang gliders/ Para sailors. Located at the Wayne County Fairgrounds 250 West Jackson Street, Palmyra on Saturday, June 11th, 2011 from 10:30AM to 4:00PM. Admission is Free.Fly your kite or learn to build a kite. Watch demonstrations of acrobatic and large kites. There will be two hot air balloons for tethered flights, scenic flights around Wayne County, weather permitting will be available from 4 PM until dusk.Here is one little known fact about kiting. Over a century and a half ago, the mighty Niagara Falls, once known only to the local Native Americans, was being transformed. A bridge spanning the turbulent gorge was envisioned. The combined commission of the U.S. and Canada knew very little about bridge building. They did not even know if spanning a gorge 800 feet wide and 200 feet deep was practical.To stretch a line or wire across the gorge, local ironworker, Theodore G. Hulett suggested offering a cash prize to the first boy who could fly his kite to the opposite bank. The first to succeed in spanning the gorge with his kite, named the ‘Union’, was fifteen-year-old American, Homan Walsh. Using this technique, the engineers built two temporary, fifty-foot wooden towers facing each other across the gorge. There was 1,200-foot of cable that passed over and was anchored to the towers using an iron basket to bring materials back and forth between the two towers.The service bridge was completed in July 1848. The bridge that was built with the aid of a kite was officially opened to the public in August 1, 1848.All because of a kite!

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